featured gallery for August 2005
Bodies are everywhere. We see them all the time and they say a lot about people, about us and about the world in which we live.
I am interested in the ways the body as a form exists, the way it moves through time, space and particular locations. I am fascinated by the ways in which bodies -- yours, mine, hers, his, theirs -- get re-worked. I like the ways in which we use them to perform ideas of ourselves, and the way bodies often morph into things we do not recognize.
There is a lot of information mapped on the body and we "read" and interpret this material regularly. Beauty, truth, pain, joy, suffering, health, power, anonymity and weakness -- these are the elements that move us to think, feel, act. They also repulse and frighten us and sometimes we look away.
My short selection of works from the Visual AIDS files is simply a brief meditation. It takes the shape of what I would like to call a "body-ography," or the individual and collective stories conveyed by images of the human figure.
Each artist here has captured the body in a different context -- from Remerro Trotsky Williams' mighty image of vulnerable strength and Yolanda's "in your face" shot to the pain inside of Wilmer Velez's graceful image and Martin Wong's cityscape featuring the icon Bruce Lee.
Take a closer look at these images. Hone in on the bodies. What do they reveal? What does it conceal? What is the body-ography evident?